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Hi Rob, thanks for picking up this problem for me and please accept my apology for taking a while to get back to you.
Following your suggestions, I have now checked the state of the ribbed pipe from the new water regulator switch and even looked inside the air chamber and can find nothing wrong.
I can blow down the pipe and actually hear air coming out through the small hole into the top of the air chamber, and the inside of the air chamber was quite clean and free of detergent, fluff, etc.
Can you think of anything else I might try, or is this beginning to look like a control module problem?
The hose seems fine. By blowing down an HDPE tube (the same size as the spigot below the regulator switch) pushed into the upper end of the hose and blocking the lower end by using a pencil with a rubber eraser on the end It's easy to confirm that the hose is without leaks. Additionally, the hose is heavily ribbed, well clipped and protected by foam where the clips hold it. It shows no visible signs of wear.
The machine was bought in November 2008, but is fairly heavily used by domestic standards, typically 2 or 3 times per day. You'll get an idea of the usage when I tell you that it needed a new set of motor brushes about 12-18 months ago and a new drain pump about 6 months ago.
Have we reached the end, do you think?
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